Walking the Walk
A healthy, wealthy, community is only possible with the support of those who live there. As an “almost” native and a long time local small business owner, my mantra has always been, “shop local and support local businesses.” Big box stores, national brands, and online retail giants have been reaping financial rewards for many years. And, because of their sheer size, they can often navigate the ups-and-downs of economic shifts and population changes without missing a beat. That’s why, now more than ever, we need to focus on our local business owners. It may be the single most important thing we can do to keep our local economy strong and thriving for decades to come.
Those of you who have been following the Leslie Wells Realty journey know that we didn’t just move to a new location, we PHYSICALLY moved our building and business a few miles down the road. The word “journey” is especially fitting given what an arduous process this was. But not all journeys are difficult. Sometimes they offer the chance for a reset and provide new opportunities for future success.
Now that the move is in our rearview mirror, I want to thank our dedicated team of Realtors and friends who weathered the storm and hung in there with me as I ranted and raved about the process. Thank you for believing in me and in our community. You are indeed the best of the best!
Last year we were faced with the necessary office move and decided to turn lemons into sweet lemonade. The plan seemed simple enough—we would relocate our building to a property that we already owned. On paper it looked like a piece of cake, but reality proved to be different. In fact, it proved to be a daily challenge. Thank goodness for local business owners!
We began by enlisting the help of a longtime friend and general contractor, Trina Rozier, who helped us put our plan into action! The goal was to utilize small, local businesses and mom-and- pops with a special focus on those located North of the River. We supported friend-owned businesses whenever we could and are proud to say we only crossed the river with two of our subcontractors (Bradenton based small businesses). Mission accomplished!
Our community has so much to offer! This experience reinforced my belief that there’s truly nothing “small” about a small business. Please consider supporting those that get up every day to make our lives easier. Support the ones who are raising their families here and the ones that are spending their hard-earned dollars right here.
Real estate is booming, and we are doing our part by supporting our local lenders, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, insurance agents, contractors. If you’re a local business owner, please let us know so we can promote you too!
YES, we are finally open, stop by and take pictures in front of our mural by local artist Matt McAllister!